Keeping up the Natural History Books

Taxonomy is perhaps the most underappreciated element of managing invasive species, and yet a deficiency in this arena stands to do some of the greatest harm. Excellent distribution and ecological risk data may be available to help manage some species, but we can’t use it if it becomes detached from its scientific name, which readily happens when plants are mis-IDed or are placed in new taxonomic group. I steadily contribute to our bedrock of biodiversity data by collecting and identifying specimens for herbaria (>1200 vouchers accessioned) and discovering new records of naturalized plants.

I am currently working with the Kauai Invasive Species Committee to publish a list of new naturalized plants from Kauai, including 47 taxa.



Journal Articles

Brock KC, Tangalin N, Lorence DL, Flynn TW, Trauernicht C (In prep) New Naturalized Plant Records for Kaua‘i. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers.

Steinbach RS, Brock KC, Daehler CC (2020) New island record for Ochna serrulata on O‘ahu (Ochnaceae). Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 137: 3–5.

Brock KC, Hall JC (2019) Multiple lineages of FRUITFULL exhibit dynamic patterns of gene evolution after genome triplication in the Brassiceae tribe (Brassicaceae). Botany 97: 293–310. 

Technical Reports

Brock KC, Javier C (2018) A summary of developments, findings and prioritization of plant species for control on Kaua‘i from 2015 to 2017. Prepared for the Kaua‘i Invasive Species Committee, University of Hawai‘i–Mānoa. Kapaʻa, Hawai‘i.

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